Sep 23, 2021
Are you feeling crazy? It may just be your hormones talking. Dr.
Anna explains how your hormones have a direct impact on your
emotions and moods, and when things fall out of balance, you can
feel like you’ve been swept up in a storm of anxiety, depression,
rage, and everything in between. Learn how to rebalance your
hormones with the Keto Green diet and supplements, and by doing the
things that make you smile.
- [2:10] There are two days of the year where Dr. Anna allows
herself some space, her son’s birthday and angel day. The day her
son passed away is an important day for celebrating his life.
- [3:20] The loss of her son in 2006 took her on a journey,
spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally. It was a
journey that took her around the world looking for answers in
trying to understand how to live after such grief.
- [5:00] Dr. Anna was a researcher before she went to medical
school, but all the schooling she had didn’t prepare her for living
the experience. Our hormones can play havoc with our moods and
physiology drives behaviors. Unhealthy choices can destroy our
- [6:15] There are many times in a woman’s life where these
hormonal fluctuations occur, including pre menstruation and the
hormonal transition into menopause. When you have had post
traumatic stress or adverse childhood experiences, it generally
translates to more challenges in menopause.
- [7:05] If you consider the hormonal milieu like a pressure
cooker, progesterone acts as a lid to the pot. When you add in
stress it increases the pressure, and in menopause when
progesterone declines, it’s like taking the lid off the pot.
- [8:30] In December 2018, there was an article published that
explored the second peak of age where women suffer from
- [9:45] There are certain things you should not say to your
significant other regarding their hormones. Behaviors that don’t
normally bother you will suddenly cause you serious stress during
certain periods. Our hormones are integrally related to our neural
transmitters and have a serious impact on our emotions.
- [12:25] Progesterone is the main hormone that all other
hormones are derived from. In times of stress our reproductive
hormones are sacrificed to create cortisol. Gaba is a feel-good
hormone that helps us relax, and it’s directly affected by the
downstream direction of progesterone production.
- [14:20] During Dr. Anna’s second menopausal transition, she
experienced severe hormonal disruption. It was a very difficult
time before she made the decision to do things that increased
oxytocin and supported production of progesterone.
- [15:55] Oxytocin is the most powerful hormone in our body.
Doing things that we find fun and make us smile is crucial to a
happy life. Supporting progesterone with supplements also helps
with overdrive and burnout.
- [17:55] When you are experiencing mood swings, it’s a function
of your hormones. Estrogen is essentially for the production of the
neurotransmitter serotonin. Most of our serotonin is produced in
the GI tract, which is why the microbiome is so important.
- [19:00] When estrogen and serotonin dip during perimenopause,
it affects the amount of glucose produced in the brain which
results in brain fog.
- [20:55] During PMS, women are often prescribed SSRIs. These
might deal with some of the symptoms, but you aren’t increasing
your natural production of serotonin, which usually results in
progressively higher doses. This is why functional medicine focuses
first on repairing the gut.
- [22:45] Dopamine is the other neurotransmitter to think about.
It’s responsible for seeking novelty and to have healthy levels of
dopamine. You also need healthy levels of testosterone which will
increase dopamine, and in turn, can increase the desire for new
- [26:30] As our testosterone depletes we feel like we have lost
our edge. It can lead to a loss of desire in doing most
- [27:10] We have to address our hormones in a holistic way. When
your hormones shift, it’s your body sending out a cry for help.
Avoid just powering through until “it gets better” because there is
no telling what casualties will be left in your path from that
- [29:00] There are over 200 symptoms associated with PMS and
menopause. If you only hate your husband for two weeks out of the
month, it’s not your husband, it’s your hormones.
- [30:45] Have a good night's sleep (7-9 hours) whenever
possible. A relaxing night time ritual is critical. Avoid blue
light generated from computer screens. Stretch before bed and do
things that help you relax.
- [32:25] Supplement with progesterone. There are a number of
different supplements on the market that you can use that will help
balance your hormones overall.
- [36:20] The dietary changes that we make can improve our
willpower and physiology. Break up with sugar and embrace the Keto
- [37:20] Indulge in dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is rich in
antioxidants and can help with PMS at the time of your period.
- [38:10] Don’t forget to schedule some play time. Think about
the people and activities that put a smile on your face and make
sure you make time for those in your calendar. Restoring the
hormones of connection will help balance the feelings of isolation
- [39:50] Nourish yourself so you are not pouring from an empty
cup. Avoid things that disrupt your diet and damage your gut
- [40:40] Supplement with herbal combinations like Mighty Matcha
Plus and Omega 3. Over 10% of people are poor methylators, so
adding methylation support to your supplements is crucial.
- [44:20] We want to do everything we can to clear our bodies of
toxic hormones and endocrine disruptors.
- [44:45] Tips for helping your wife through hormonal symptoms:
don’t mention hormones, be extra nice, helpful, and supportive,
draw a warm bath with something sweet, cook a nice healthy meal,
serve breakfast in bed, or take your kids out for a run. Every
effort will be appreciated.
- [46:00] You don’t get a reward for being a martyr during
menopause. Take care of yourself, and it will make a difference for
yourself and your family.
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